Other Recognition


July 2019

Brilliant news - we have achieved the Gold School Games Award for the fourth consecutive year. This award really celebrates the huge variety of sporting experiences on offer at Highfield. Mrs Barratt and Mr Brassil do a fantastic job co-ordinating sports in school and ensuring our children learn about the benefits of living fit and healthy lifestyles.


June 2019

We have received a very positive Currculum report as part of a Review day involving Headteachers and an Ofsted Inspector 

Please click here to read the full report


May 2019

We have just recieved our Reacreditation as a Healthy School.

Please click on the link to read the very positive full report'-.


Healthy Schools Report May 2019



December 14th 2018 The 25 best performing primary schools out of the 261 primary schools in Leeds according to government figures The latest primary school league tables have been released


Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/education/the-25-best-performing-primary-schools-in-leeds-according-to-government-figures-1-9492217?page=1


Highfield was raked 21st out of 261 schools.  Highfield Primary School Percentage of pupils meeting expected standard: 83. Progress in reading: Above average. Progress in writing: Average. Progress in maths: Above average


Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/education/the-25-best-performing-primary-schools-in-leeds-according-to-government-figures



2018 Parent Questionnaire Results



Agree %

Disagree %

Don’t know %

My child likes school




My child is making good progress




Behaviour is good in school




I am kept well informed about how my child is getting on in school




The school works closely with parents




I would feel comfortable about approaching the school with a problem




The school is well led and managed




The school provides an interesting range of activities, eg clubs, workshops, trips, visits




Teaching is good





Parental Sport and PE Questionnaire Results 2018


Total - 102 responses

1)      How well do you feel that PE & physical activity impacts on children’s behaviour, emotional well being & academic achievement?

Overwhelming response 98 % stated that they felt it had a big impact on all the above.

Of the responses the following benefits were mentioned:

33 % felt it improved mental health

17 % felt it improved behaviour & concentration levels

14 % felt it improved teamwork

9 % felt it helped lead to a healthy lifestyle later in life

7 % felt it improved self esteem

7 % felt it improved social skills

7 % felt it gave those children who were less academic a chance to feel success and achieve


2) Can you give examples of how school promotes physical activity, sport & health/well being.

58 % could name 3 or more ways in which school promotes physical activity.

40 % could name 4 or more ways in which school promotes physical activity.

22 % could name 5 or more ways in which school promotes physical activity.

Examples given included: fit week, sports day, running track, after school clubs/teams, inter school competitions, external coaches in PE lessons, bike ability, walking bus, outdoor play, active playtimes, use of outdoor space, fun run, celebrating sporting successes in assemblies.


3) Do you value the decision that Highfield have made to offer pupils two hours of PE per week? Overwhelming support for 2 hr PE provision

97% support the decision

2% didn’t know we offered it

1 % would like to see more


4)How do you feel about the range of extra curricular sporting opportunities at Highfield?

51 % felt that a wide variety of clubs were offered

12 % wanted more clubs offered to younger reception & KS1 children

9 % wanted more clubs to be made available

18 % said they didn’t know what clubs were available

5 % did not respond


5) How well informed do you feel about the school’s sporting experiences & achievements?

71% felt like they were very well informed about the school’s sporting experiences and achievements making references to the website, assemblies, match reports and the children themselves communicating information to their parents.


6) As a result of your child’s experiences through PE have they taken part in any sport or club outside school?

53% of children have taken part in a sport/club outside of school as a direct result of PE or sporting experiences gained through school.

References made to cricket, football, cross country, gymnastics as well as children wanting to go running, do yoga with parents on the back of taking part in such activities in school.





June 2018

It's a hat trick for Highfield. For the third consecutive year we have been awarded the Gold School Games award.This award recognised all the PE and sports offered in school bith during the school day, after school clubs and competitive partcipation. I must thank all the staff for their committment to sport in school and in particular Mrs Barratt and Mr Brassill who co-ordinate sport across the school.


May 2018


Our fabulous Year 6 football team have done the double. They have won the Leeds Inner North League and the Under elevens Falkingham Cup. I watch them play in the final at Garforth Town Football Club last Thursday and was amazed at how well they play together as a team. They payed the game as it is meant to be played and I felt I was watching some international players of the future.






Arts Mark Platinum Award 2018


 We are thrilled to have recieved the highest level of recognition for our school's Arts curriculum. Mrs Garbutt and Mr Potter led the revalidation of our current gold award which was an objective on our school improvement plan this year. Here is an extract from the Arts Council's report:


The panel was pleased to learn of Highfield's holistic approach to foster pupils' creativity and the way in which the school has used the arts as a vehicle for promoting pupils' emotional well-being through their inspiring and rich arts offer. The school has expertly sought to overcome any barriers on its Artsmark journey by capitalising on the special talents of parents, carers and local community members. In your Case Study, you present excellent evidence of how you are making a difference to, and shaping the opinions of, arts teaching and learning in other schools as a result of the strong partnerships you have developed over your Artsmark journey. The panel looks forward to hearing how you continue to innovate and strive for even better outcomes as you continue on your Artsmark journey. You may also wish to celebrate the children's creative achievements through implementation of the Arts Award scheme.


Congratulations on your Artsmark Platinum Award

With warm wishes,                                                                                                


 Amanda Rigler




Arts Council England



Parent Arts Curriculum Questionnaires 2017


Parent Questionaires 2017


 September 2017

We have achieved  the Gold School Games Award for a second year running. This is a government led award scheme which rewards schools for their committment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.



July 2017

We have been awarded the Bronze level for our 2016/17 Travel Plan for the fourth year running. We are striving for silver which requires a significant reduction in the number of families who use a car to come to school.


16th June 2017

Wow what an amazing Celebration Assembly we have just had with six trophies to show off. On top of our Inclusion Sporting Trophy and girls Cross Country Trophy won earlier this year, we have added four more trophies to our 2017 collection. Our Year 6 girls football team were runners up in this year's Leeds city football tournament. 54 teams took part and it was a nail biting final. Our Year 5 rugby team won this year's under tens rugby league Burton Cup final. Our Year 6 rugby team then won the Burton Cup final for the under elevens. We then won the Culley Sevens Rugby Trophy. A Highfield rugby treble! We really do now need a trophy cabinet.

Red Kite Alliance Peer Review Report November 2016

October 2016 Open Morning Feedback


 Year One Stay and Play Questionaires 2016


Parent Questionnaires 2016




We are delighted to have been awarded the Active Sports Award Gold level. This is in recognition for all the competetive and extra curricular  sporting activities offered in school. 


November 2015


I have been invited to join a Headteacher's reading and research group who meet regularly to read, discuss and respond to the Cambridge Primary Review Trust's academic research reports into primary education. We have recently discussed the findings of a research paper looking at the social and educational inequality in education. Being part of such a network enables me to use the latest national and international research findings and implications in school to benefit our children. It is also an opportunity to work with headteachers from across the city, sharing good practice and work.


Parent Questionnaires 2015


Silver School Games Award

In July 2015 Highfield achieved the silver Sainsburies School Games Mark Award. This award recognises our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive schoolsport in 2014/15




Flag for Parliament

To celebrate the 800th  anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta Highfield was selected to design a flag for parliament to represent East North East constituency. We were selected because of the wonderful work our schoolcouncil does. Fabian Hamilton our MP visited school to see the winning flag design. The winning designers were Sam Rudd and Xavier Rickerby in Year 6.




 Maketon Award

We have been recognised by the Maketon Charity as a Maketon friendy school. Maketon is a sign language used by severalchildren in school to aid their communication.
We have also achieved the silver Sainsburies school games mark for our committment to sports. 


Travel Plan Bronze Award

In December 2014 Leeds City Council awarded the school Bronze for its travel plan. This award has been the result of many school initiatives over the last twelve months including our Scooter Training, Road Saftey Training and Bikeability Training. Mr Walsh, Mrs Denton and the school Year 6 Safety Rangers went to the Civic Hall in Leeds to collect the award.

Parent Feedback

Click here to read some of our parents' comments from last year


Letter from Paul Brennan

Visit from Paul Brennan Deputy Director of Leeds Children’s Services

I would like to share with you a letter received from Mr Brennan following his visit to Highfield.

Dear Julie,

Thank you for all your hospitality during me visit to your wonderful school last week. I was greatly impressed by the friendliness and maturity of your children by their work and their very positive attitudes. I really enjoyed seeing the butterflies; Elliot, Daisy and Flutterbye being released into the nature area with year 3s. I hope that the castle draw bridges were a success, I am sure they were.

However I really must commend the stunning enphasis upon experiential learning, the outdoor curriculum, the very rich experience that you provide for the children and the environment across the whole school is stunning. Foundation subject project work is at a very high standard.

Highfield is a very special school with a fabulous ethos and I am sure that you, the staff the children and their families are justifiably very proud of what you have achieved together. Please accept my best wishes for the rest of the term and your future ambitious plans.

Yours sincerely

Paul Brennan


Robin Hood's Bay Outstanding Inspection



Our Year 4 Robin Hood's Bay residential receieves an outstanding grading.


The Local Educational Authority visited our Year 4 residential to Robin Hood's Bay in October 2012 and placed the trip in the outstanding category.


"I visited the group in Pickering close to the castle. All were wearning "high vis" jackets. Travelling on to Whitby, the party had a picnic on West Cliff, an ideal location, and were rewarded with sunshine. The children were taken to and supervised in small groups, to the public toilets close by. Staff then escorted them superbly through Whitby to the James Cook museum. Road crossings were controlled and brisk. Pupil behaviour throughout was excellent, causing little or no inconvenience to the public.


The welcome to the centre in Robin Hood's Bay included a comprehensive briefing from the manager and school staff. The school has an established relationship with The Old School House. Staff are extremely experienced in leading residentials at this great venue. Their teamwork was evident throughout the evening meal and beyond. The talk from a "smuggler" was a fantastic learning experience for the pupils (and myself!) Today was a great start to what, I am sure, will be a very successful educational visit.


Phil Jackson   Leeds City Council

Other Recognition

Outstanding School

Maketon Award

Stephen Lawrence Award 

School Games Award  Gold 

Travel Plan Bronze Award 

Arts Mark Gold 

Inclusive Chartermark

Healthy Schools Advanced